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First time pressing the "other" snake button. 'Twas a Milwaukee Moment.
First time pressing the "other" snake button. 'Twas a Milwaukee Moment.

The second snake button

I’ve been going to the Milwaukee Public Museum since I was a baby (according to my parents) and have been aware of the snake button in the Native American/buffalo exhibit since I was a toddler. 

I’ve probably pressed the button – which activates the tail of a rattlesnake – hundreds of times. I still remember the first time I introduced my sons to the snake button. I also insisted on showing it to my partner, who moved here as an adult from Minneapolis.

For years, I heard there was a second snake button, and I finally went in search of it last week while getting a preview of the new Body Worlds exhibit.

My co-worker, Bobby Tanzilo, found it a while back, but I was still unaware of the exact locale.

Spoiler alert: I am going to tell you where the other snake button is located. If this is a buzzkill, stop reading now.

I had to ask two employees at the museum before getting an answer. The first one said she wasn’t sure, but the second person directed me to the Montana dinosaurs exhibit near the butterfly garden.

As an über Milwaukeean, I feel a bit of fulfillment having finally found – and pressed – the other snake button. But I still prefer the one in the Native American exhibit. More memories, perhaps.


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